By Marc Saltzman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
This year's fun hockey sim shows a more aggressive game.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn about the rules of the National Hockey League and the tactics needed for the team to win games. Along with controlling the players on the ice -- passing, deking, checking, and shooting -- the game also teaches front-office management, including budgeting, drafting, and trading players to fit a NHL team's needs. This hockey sim does a good job of introducing kids to the sport and business of professional hockey.
NHL 14 is a professional hockey simulation, allowing gamers to feel like they're playing, owning, or managing in the National Hockey League. The game encourages professionalism, adhering to rules, team play, exercise, city pride, and healthy competition.
Positive Role Models
The game is meant to deliver an authentic experience, therefore the players look and act like their real-life counterparts. While there might be a couple of bad apples in the bunch, most pro hockey players are good male role models.
Ease of Play
NHL 14 is really easy to control, utilizing the two analog sticks primarily for movement and hits, passes, and shots on goal.
Violence & Scariness
Hockey is a contact sport but all players wear protective gear and helmets. That said, there is fighting in NHL 14, just as there is in the real NHL. The game lets you exchange punches with another player in a kind of fighting minigame. The game is also more aggressive than past NHL games, allowing for heavier hits and showing them upclose.
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Products & Purchases
As with previous versions of the NHL hockey game, there are many commercial brands viewable in the rink, on the billboards, illuminated signs, and jumbotron. This includes branding for Tim Hortons, Reebok, Bauer, CCM, Vaughn, and other companies.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that NHL 14 is a pro hockey simulation that has some violence -- just like the real sport -- including body checks and fistfights on the ice. The game also supports full voice support in multiplayer matches, therefore online gamers might hear swearing or other inappropriate words or phrases.
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It really captures hockey in it´s true form!
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What’s It About?
Is It Any Good?
As with most annual sports games, it's tough to see a major difference every year. Unless you're a huge fan of the franchise and want the latest team rosters and new features, you might want to wait every 2 or 3 years before buying into a new NHL game to really see major changes. This year's version is it's a faster and more aggressive game and the controls have been tweaked to offer greater dexterity and movement (for example, the left stick and one button lets you easily deke opponents). While it's a great idea, the NHL 94 Anniversary mode isn't as much fun to play despite the old-school graphics, 16-bit sounds, and faster gameplay. Overall, NHL 14 isn't a bad hockey game at all -- in fact, it's fun, good looking, and has a number of solo and multiplayer modes -- but it's just not very different than last year's game, despite the marketing efforts to convince you otherwise.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about violence in sports and the ramifications of that violence.
They can also talk about how to stay safe when interacting online.
- Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Hobbies: sports, Science: momentum, physics
- Skills: Self-Direction: achieving goals, time management, Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, strategy, Responsibility & Ethics: following codes of conduct, Collaboration: meeting challenges together, teamwork
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: EA Sports
- Release date: September 10, 2013
- Genre: Sports
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts, Great Boy Role Models
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild Violence.
- Last updated: August 26, 2016
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